Sydney - Tuesday 9 May, 2017. Ever wondered what it is like to be so struck by an injustice that you are forced to fight? What skills would you call upon? How would the experience change you? At Deadly Voices Live hear from three very different speakers who continue to face these questions and challenges during their everyday lives – at a time when igniting change and inspiring action has never been more important.
Held on the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, Deadly Voices Live explores the theme of ‘Accidental Activists’. Three influential leaders who have been driven by circumstance to apply their individual skills and passions to campaigning for political, social or cultural change will share their inspiring stories live on stage:
- Tara Houska – is a tribal attorney in Washington, D.C., and the National Campaigns Director for Honor the Earth, a foundation that believes “the power is in the earth”. An Ojibwe woman enrolled in Couchiching First Nation who was born and raised in Northern Minnesota, she was appointed a Native American advisor to Bernie Sanders in last year’s presidential campaign. She is a co-founder of Not Your Mascots, a grassroots organization focused on eliminating racial stereotypes and representation of Native people in the public sphere. Houska, who was arrested and charged with criminal trespass during the resistance at Standing Rock, speaks passionately about the reality of police brutality and racism in contemporary America, and advocates for individuals to resist injustice every day.
- Bradley Moggridge – Maybe it is because he is the first in his family to get a University degree that Moggridge has been motivated to infiltrate the system and make a difference – driven by the belief that western science can benefit from Aboriginal traditional knowledge or traditional science. Kamilaroi Man and hydrogeologist, he works tirelessly to influence policy to ensure the ongoing protection of Australia’s waters. He is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Canberra and has worked for the CSIRO as their only Indigenous Waters Research Specialist and as the Program Manager for the NSW Department of Primary Industries’ Aboriginal Water Initiative.
- Dayne Pratzky, AKA “the frackman” – is an Australian anti-fracking activist best known for wearing a Hazmat suit emblazoned with the slogan “No Fracking Way.” A former tunnel-digger and pig-shooter from Sydney, he became an unexpected advocate for rural communities after moving to Queensland and observing the environmental effects of coal seam gas. Pratzky - who is on the record as saying that he is no political affiliation and will work with anyone who gets results - was recently the subject of the documentary Frackman, which featured at London’s Human Rights Watch Film Festival last year. It’s a contemporary and complicated David Vs Goliath story, where Pratzky fronts the most unlikely of alliances; uniting farmers, activists and Alan Jones behind him in protest.
Rhoda Roberts AO, Head of First Nations Programming at the Sydney Opera House, says: “In 1967, the national conversation was about including Indigenous Australians as part of the nationhood. The power of people triumphed and an overwhelming majority voted yes. That nationhood – comprised of the land we live on and our connection to that land – is now at risk. 50 years later, one of the most important conversations for all Australians is about how we use that same power to protect that nationhood. I look forward to a robust and timely discussion on 27 May.”
Emerging from 20 years of ground-breaking radio hosted by Rhoda Roberts on Vibe Australia’s weekly show Deadly Sounds (1993-2014), Deadly Voices Live transports these discussions to the stage.